[NAFEX] Fwd: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers

dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Thu Nov 15 20:12:03 EST 2007


I have not planted the Crimson Rocket, but we have been using the "columnar" 
training system for the past 3 years with 12 different varieties of peaches. 
It is very important to keep the scaffold crotch angles at 90 degrees if 
possible.  If they are less than 90 degrees, the crotches get cankers in 
them and the scaffolds will break off with the weight of the fruit.  If 
anyone is interested I can post photos of our trees.

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fwd: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers

> Has anyone tried this peach?  It sounds very attractive for my small yard,
> if it's a good peach hardy in eastern mass.
> ___
> Ginda
> ...... Original Message .......
> On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:17:52 -0800 "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
> wrote:
>>Begin forwarded message:
>>From: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
>>Date: November 15, 2007 4:58:03 AM PST
>>To: ARS News subscriber <lonrom at hevanet.com>
>>Subject: "Skinny" Peach Trees Are Space Savers
>>Reply-To: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
>>Crimson Rocket Peach Making Its Way to Market
>>ARS News Service
>>Agricultural Research Service, USDA
>>Sharon Durham, (301) 504-1611, sharon.durham at ars.usda.gov
>>November 15, 2007
>>--View this report online, plus photos and related stories, at
>>Crimson Rocket peach trees look like tall, thin cousins of the more
>>classically-shaped peach trees. These "skinny" trees provide an
>>attractive, space-saving tree that produces full-size peaches that
>>could make their way to consumers in 2008.
>>Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Ralph Scorza and his
>>colleagues in the Appalachian Fruit Research Station at Kearneysville,
>>W.Va., developed the "columnar" variety. The tree was patented and
>>released in 2001 for experimental evaluation in orchards across the
>>United States.
>>Crimson Rocket has been licensed by several commercial nurseries in
>>Missouri, Pennsylvania and California. The trees have been in
>>commercial orchards for the last three years and Crimson Rocket fruit
>>may begin to appear in local marketplaces next spring.
>>A fully grown Crimson Rocket tree has a diameter of about five feet and
>>fits neatly into a small yard. In commercial settings, the compact
>>trees can be planted much closer together than conventional trees that
>>spread out to a width of 16 feet. Crimson Rocket's columnar shape
>>translates into more peaches per acre, while land and production costs
>>are similar.
>>According to Scorza, Crimson Rocket was bred for high-density
>>production systems, allowing for a new concept in peach production. Its
>>shape also makes it a novel and useful fruit tree for home gardens.
>>Crimson Rocket has two copies of a naturally occurring gene that sends
>>the branches skyward. It produces yellow-fleshed, dessert-type peaches
>>that are firm, sweet and aromatic. The medium-sized fruit stores well
>>and softens when completely ripe.
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